Smart Cover Presents 2019’s Hottest Spring Color Trends!

It may seem a little soon to be thinking about spring color trends, but the flowers can’t bloom fast enough as far as we’re concerned! Punxsutawney Phil, the world-famous groundhog, did not see his shadow this year, and we all know that means an early spring.  So what are the hottest spring color trends for 2019?

Fashion blogger Maya Adivi has proclaimed that the color of the season is… yellow! “Yellow is a cheery, unisex color,” observes Adivi, “So it was a pleasure to have it warm up the sometimes cold spring/ summer runways.”

There are different shades of yellow that work for different skin tones. According to ET Online’s Amy Lee, finding the right yellow for your complexion is the key to making this cheery hue bring out your beauty. If you’re very fair, avoid pastels and stick to jewel tones and mustard yellows.

If you’re more olive, with yellowish or greenish undertones in your skin, try a warm honey shade. Writes Lee, “Ladies with deep skin tones like Lupita Nyong’o can pretty much rock any shade in the yellow spectrum.”

Which of the Spring Color Trends Is Your Favorite?

If yellow is not your style, plenty of other options lit up the runways for spring. Pink Peacock, Princess Blue and Living Coral were just a few of the standouts. After a drab winter under gray skies, you’ll look like a walking drop of sunshine in these gorgeous spring colors.

Let Smart Cover help you make the most of the spring color trends. Our Concealing Crème hides whatever skin concerns you feel like covering on the face and body, from tattoos to varicose veins and port-wine birthmarks, so you can wear a new spring dress with utter confidence. The first day of spring is on Wednesday, March 20th. Get ready for the happy!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Smart Cover!

There is no right or wrong way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. In fact, some playful singletons choose instead to throw Anti-Valentine’s Day parties! Eschewing the time-honored chocolates, flowers and romance associated with the 14th of February, they instead celebrate platonic friendship, independence and snarky fun.

Though it may seem bitter or needlessly gloomy in spirit, writer Amy Sowder offers another perspective on the Anti-Valentine’s Day trend. “Like a divorce party, this is a healthy, yet not-so-healthy-it’s-lame, way to celebrate your loss or lack of romantic love.” Anti-Valentine’s Day has become so popular that urban hubs like New York City now offer a number of special events geared specifically to singles and Anti-Valentine’s Day revelers.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Your Way!

If you’re more of a traditionalist, don’t worry. It’s still cool to celebrate Valentine’s Day the old-fashioned way! Detractors often talk about the commercialism around Valentine’s Day, and it is a billion-dollar industry, but you don’t have to spend big bucks to show your love.

A quiet meal at home, a bouquet of flowers plucked from your backyard garden, and a handwritten note can be a lot more powerful than a dozen overpriced roses and an expensive dinner in a crowded restaurant. Don’t be afraid to be creative. Your significant other will love you for it!

It feels good to look good whether you’re satisfied and single or pleasantly partnered. This year, Smart Cover invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving yourself a gift! The Deluxe 10 Piece Starter Kit comes with Concealing Crème, the Smart Cover Stick, the Two-in-One Glowstick and other items to hide your flaws and bring out your beauty. Valentine’s Day often focuses on our love for others, romantic and otherwise. But as a wise person once said, loving yourself is “the greatest love of all!”

Get Ready for Super Bowl Sunday with Smart Cover!

Are you ready for Super Bowl Sunday? You’ve got a large flat-screen TV, a jersey so your team will feel you rooting for them from home, and enough snacks to feed, well, a football team. You might think you’re ready for the big game but what about your makeup game?

Smart Cover Has Just What You Need to Get Ready for Super Bowl Sunday!

Sure, it’s a casual vibe but it’s still a social occasion and you want to look great without trying too hard. Give those stiff jeans a rest and look comfortably chic with a cute pair of sweatpants.  As fashion blogger Sarah Barnes notes, “These loose-fitting casual staples have come a long way since gym class, making them totally appropriate to sport out and about.”

This is also the perfect opportunity to sport—er, no pun intended– your no-makeup makeup look. As Rio Viera-Newton writes for newyorkmag.com, this look is ideal for days “when you just want to look pretty and fresh without it being obvious that you’ve spent an hour on your makeup.”

Here’s how to be ready for Super Bowl Sunday in a few easy steps! After moisturizing, apply Smart Cover’s Moisture Primer Lotion so your makeup will look its best and stay put all day long. Use the Smart Cover Stick under your eyes to hide dark eye circles. It also covers blemishes and other facial flaws in seconds.

Smart Cover Camouflage Crème will give your face a smooth, creamy finish and the Two-in-One Glow Stick will give your lips and cheeks just the right hint of color and shine. If you feel naked without eyeliner, a simple cat-eye with liquid liner will bring out your eyes without being too over-the-top. Curl your eyelashes, swipe on some mascara and you’ll look like a naturally beautiful sports fan!

Top 5 Ways to Love Your Winter Skin

We’re a third of the way through winter and your skin may be feeling the effects. Here are Smart Cover’s top 5 ways to love your winter skin!

Too much hot water is drying to the skin, so beware those long, hot showers. What is great for your skin, however, is steam! It opens up your pores and boosts circulation. You can buy at-home facial sauna systems for under 30 dollars, or you can make your own for free. Just lean over a bowl of hot water for 15 minutes, with your face about a foot away from the bowl. Pat your face dry and moisturize.

The sun shines all year round, even if it doesn’t quite feel like it. That means you can’t slack off on applying sunblock every day. Use a moisturizer during the day that contains SPF 15 or more, and don’t forget your sunglasses when you go outside!

Love Your Winter Skin

There’s never a good time to fall asleep wearing makeup and winter is no exception. Use Smart Cover’s Makeup Remover and Cleanser to take off all your makeup without over-drying your skin.

After you wash your face, apply a moisturizer with antioxidants before bed. Antioxidants fight free radicals and help keep your skin looking young. Makeup.com explains: “Free radicals can damage the skin by trying to grab an extra electron from atoms in the skin. When atoms are taken away from molecules in the skin, it causes damage to our skin’s DNA that can speed along skin aging.”

Your skin tends to be dry in the winter, making it easier for foundation to seep into the cracks and instantly age you. Applying Smart Cover’s Moisture Primer Lotion before your concealer will give your makeup a smooth, even surface to “stick to,” and it’ll last longer and look better.

Love your winter skin with these tips from Smart Cover and you’ll cruise right into spring!

Is Your Face in Good Shape?

It’s the start of another new year and gym memberships are currently surging. This is when everyone wants to start fresh and finally become the best version of themselves. They also may want to work off the holiday sweets they’ve been enjoying since Thanksgiving! Going to the gym will get your body in better shape, but is your face in good shape?

Sweets, cold weather and plain old neglect can wreak havoc on the skin. Sugar can destroy the elasticity in your skin and cause you to break out. Going from the drying heat of the indoors to the frigid air outside can dehydrate your skin, which can break down collagen and cause wrinkles. The long winter months can make some people feel tired, or even a little depressed, which can make you a little more careless about your skincare. 

Getting Your Face in Good Shape

Some people worry that running and other high-impact exercises will cause aging. In fact, a character on the hit show Ally McBeal had a unique solution to keeping her face in good shape. The character Elaine Vassal, played brilliantly by Jane Krakowski, invented a “face bra” to mitigate the effects of jogging on her face. It turns out that running and other kinds of cardiovascular exercise are actually good for your skin, because they boost circulation and immunity. In real life, the best way to keep your face in good shape is by following some simple skincare rules.

Take off your makeup every night! Smart Cover Makeup Remover and Cleanser takes everything off without over-drying your skin. Moisturize every day and remember that you need sun protection even in the winter. Smile as often as possible. It’ll help you to keep your face in good shape and you just might make some new friends!

3 Easy New Year’s Resolutions from Smart Cover

It’s almost 2019! If you’re trying to think of some easy New Year’s Resolutions, Smart Cover has some great suggestions!

Are you spending New Year’s Eve on the couch, watching the ball drop from the warmth and safety of your own living room? Or are you partying your way into 2019, noisemaker in one hand, glass of bubbly in the other? Either way, life is handing you a fresh start and Smart Cover is here to help you take full advantage of it.

3 Easy New Year’s Resolutions from Smart Cover

  1. EXERCISE. Instead of vowing to run five miles every morning, start off with a more modest goal. For example, promise yourself you’ll exercise 30 minutes a day two times a week.
  2. HAVE FUN. Having fun is a very important part of self-care! For 2019, resolve to give yourself the gift of fun! Make a playlist you can sing along to on your drive to work or rediscover a beloved childhood activity like roller-skating. Share the fun by showing up at your best friend’s house with a bottle of wine and an old photo album. Joy is as nourishing to the soul as food and sleep are to your body!
  3. UPDATE YOUR LOOK. This winter’s trends include bold red lips if you’re into the classics,  or a dash of glitter if you’re feeling especially festive. Refresh your look with Smart Cover’s Hollywood Makeup Artist Kit. With 17 separate pieces, including concealers, primer, bronzer and more, you’ll face 2019 looking more beautiful than ever.

Think of 2019 as the “year of you.” So much of your life is spent caring for others, and that’s a wonderful thing. But you deserve to be at the top of your own to-do list and there’s no better time than now, with these 3 easy new year’s resolutions. Happy New Year from Smart Cover!

 

 

Fun Holiday Gift Ideas!

Another year has positively flown by and we’ve got holiday gift ideas for you! You can’t turn on the TV without seeing a commercial for expensive jewelry or extravagant gadgets that play music and clean your house for you. While it’s wonderful to be able to buy your loved ones costly gifts, it’s also great to round things out with fun presents that won’t set back your retirement plan!

Fun Holiday Gift Ideas from Smart Cover

Smart Cover has fabulous gift ideas for all budgets! Looking for stocking stuffers for the stylish teenager in your life? Smart Cover’s Two-in-One Glow Stick is the go-to beauty tool to add a little color and shine to the lips and cheeks. It takes seconds to apply and she can toss it in her schoolbag, or her back pocket!

With all the parties, shopping and decorating that goes on this time of year, everyone could use a little help looking fresh and well-rested. The Smart Cover Stick is ideal for hiding dark under-eye circles and blemishes that may crop up from too many holiday sweets! It rolls on just like lipstick, and it’s just as compact, so you can fit it in your tiniest purse!

The Hollywood Makeup Artist Kit is the perfect present for beauty experts and novices alike. It comes with 17 separate pieces, including Smart Cover’s signature products, like the Concealing Crème and Camouflage Crème, Believable Bronzer, Compact Finishing Powder, Smart Cover Stick, Two-in-One Glow Stick, and more! With a retail value of about $300, this kit is an absolute steal at just $84.95. Santa himself couldn’t find a better deal!

Holiday time can bring stress along with the fun and excitement. The American Psychological Association cautions against setting up unrealistic expectations for yourself. Remember, “presence” is more important than “presents!” Instead of being overwhelmed this holiday season, we hope you’ll be overjoyed!

Nothing Could Be Finer Than to Wear Smart Cover Primer!

Nothing could be finer than to wear Smart Cover primer in the morning, afternoon or evening! Even seasoned makeup lovers have questions about primer. Is it really necessary? We’re here to clear up any confusion. Smart Cover Moisture Primer Lotion should definitely be part of your beauty routine, especially as the weather gets colder. But lots of people still don’t understand what primer actually does, so we’re happy to offer a refresher.

Primer creates a smooth surface for makeup to “stick to,” so it stays on longer and looks better. If you apply Smart Cover Moisture Primer Lotion before your foundation, you’ll notice that your skin looks smoother and more flawless, especially if you have mature or textured skin. Moisture primer lotion also helps prevent creasing. This is of particular import in the winter, when your skin tends to get overly dry from the cold temperatures outside and the heating systems indoors.

Nothing Could Be Finer Than to Wear Smart Cover Primer

If you’re prone to breakouts, Moisture Primer Lotion has the added benefit of acting as a shield for your skin. It’s essentially a barrier between your face and anything that could potentially clog your pores. One question we get all the time is this: is Moisture Primer Lotion the same as moisturizer? The answer is no. Feel free to use your favorite moisturizer alongside the Moisture Primer Lotion, because they serve different purposes.

There are a lot of cosmetic products out there, and it’s hard to know which ones you really need. But trust us, Moisture Primer Lotion is worth your while! That’s why we include it in all of our makeup kits! Before you apply Smart Cover Camouflage Crème or Concealing Crème, be sure to put on some Moisture Primer Lotion. It takes seconds and your concealer will stay put all day!

“Sugar face” is not so sweet!

It may sound like a term of endearment, but “sugar face” is not so sweet! If you’ve stocked up in anticipation of candy-hungry trick-or-treaters, you may be tempted to dip into your own supply. If you’ve got trick-or-treaters of your own in the household, it might be hard to resist raiding their stash when they come home loaded down with sugary treats. But repeat after us, nice and loud: “Sugar face” is not so sweet!

Beauty writer Kathleen Hau advises that giving up sugar can make your skin look noticeably better in a just a matter of weeks. That’s because “sugar face” refers to the dark undereye circles, acne and other unfortunate effects of a sugary diet. “[Sugar] triggers insulin production, which triggers protein-utilization malfunctions. Sugar acts as a kind of signal scrambler, affecting the production of the proteins and amino acids that build up collagen and elasticity.”

“Sugar Face” Is Not So Sweet!

Too much sugar causes wrinkles, sagging skin, breakouts and can even cause facial hair growth due to insulin resistance, according to totaldermatology.com. It causes your insulin levels to spike, which can create inflammation throughout your body. It can also cause other skin issues like rosacea, and pores that become enlarged and excessively oily due to overproduction of testosterone.

Dermatologists advise that you drink plenty of water and eat lots of leafy green veggies to make it up to your skin. While fruits in moderation are fine, go for blueberries and kiwi rather than grapes and cantaloupe.

Though your dermatologist would probably love it if you never ate another jellybean, your face will probably survive the occasional indulgence. And if one too many jellybeans should result in a blemish, you can always hide it in seconds with the Smart Cover Stick and Smart Cover Camouflage Crème! How sweet it is!

The 1, 2, 3’s of Skin Cancer

Smart Cover is a proud ally to people with skin concerns of all kinds. When it comes to skin cancer, early detection, not to mention prevention, can save your life. Arm yourself with the 1, 2, 3’s of skin cancer.

ONE – Prevention

The best way to ensure that skin cancer doesn’t have a lasting impact on your life is never to get it in the first place. If possible, stay out of the sun between 10AM and 4PM. “Avoiding the sun at its strongest helps you avoid the sunburns and suntans that cause skin damage and increase your risk of developing skin cancer,” according to mayoclinic.org.

When you are exposed to the sun, cover up as much as you can, and never leave the house without sunscreen. Even for casual exposure, SPF 15 should be the minimum.

TWO – Vigilance

Be aware of any changes to your skin, especially if you have moles that appear out of nowhere, or that change in color, size or shape. Many skin changes are normal and not signs of cancer, but let your doctor determine the cause and appropriate treatment.

THREE – Early Detection

Cultivate a relationship with your dermatologist. She’s there to help you, and she just may save your life. Don’t wait for your annual checkup if you notice something unusual but DO maintain an annual appointment with your dermatologist.

The 1, 2, 3’s of Skin Cancer

In a perfect world, your life will never be touched by skin cancer. But if it is, having some basic knowledge will empower you to get treated and get better. Many skin cancer survivors use Smart Cover Concealing Crème when they feel like covering their scars. Life is precious, and we want you to enjoy as much of it as you can. For more information, check out the The Skin Cancer Foundation.